Archive | June, 2015

Student art exhibit completes the Holocaust Commission’s 2015 Elie Wiesel competitions

June 23, 2015

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Dana Cohen, Holocaust survivor, with Lynnhaven Middle School artist Corinna Ensley and her father Pat Ensley.

The Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s successful 2015 Elie Wiesel Visual Arts exhibit came to a close on June 1. The show featuring student work was held at the Old Dominion University Virginia Beach Center for one month. Student winners, their parents and teachers from local schools attended an opening reception [...]

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HAT students learn about Civil War during adventurous field trip

June 23, 2015

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HAT fifth graders enjoy a field trip to Pamplin Historical Park with a Civil War sergeant: Marah Gordon, Evan Nied, Bella Cardon, Tori Chapel, Noah Alper, Tal Zach, Abby Seeman and Abbie Friedman.

Hebrew Academy fifth graders had an exciting learning adventure, stepping back in time to experience life during the Civil War. Students visited Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg, Va. A 424-acre historical campus, the complex features museums, antebellum homes, a historic Civil War battlefield, slave life exhibit, [...]

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Legal Matters in the Jewish community

June 23, 2015

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Dear Readers, At one time or another, everyone needs an attorney. Buying a home? Need a will? How about a pre-nup? Adoption? Divorce? Fender bender? Incorporating? Hiring? Firing? The list goes on and on. Fortunately, Tidewater has attorneys who are qualified and expert on nearly every aspect of law. And, plenty of those lawyers are [...]

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Chris Kraus joins Ohef Sholom Temple as its first director of Family Learning

June 23, 2015

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Ohef Sholom Temple’s Long Range Plan in 2006 envisioned engaging a full-time educator for its Religious School, but it wasn’t until 2013 when the Religious School Strategic Plan called for putting the vision into action. Throughout 2014, Linda Fox-Jarvis, then president, and the executive committee, with guidance from Kitty Wolf, interim educator, worked with the [...]

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The Mothers Circle empowers women raising Jewish children

June 23, 2015

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Dynamic conversations and religious discussion riveted the Klezmer Room at the Sandler Family Campus with participants of The Mothers Circle. Over the last nine months, 10 women who were not raised Jewish, but are married to Jewish men, de-mystified Judaism, learned how to identify personal meaning in Jewish rituals, holidays, and values, and now feel [...]

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Hineni! graduates meet with Hofheimers before leaving for Israel

June 23, 2015

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The Tom Hofheimer Young Leadership Mission to Israel participants with Joyce Strelitz and Marcia Hofheimer (center).

On Tuesday, June 2, Marcia Hofheimer and Joyce Strelitz and family, on behalf of the board of the Tom Hofheimer Fund, hosted the participants of the upcoming Tom Hofheimer Young Adult Mission to Israel for a special nesiah tovah (good journey) gathering. Twenty graduates of the Hineni! Institute for Leadership Development are embarking on a [...]

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What will the ADL lose when Foxman leaves?

June 23, 2015

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NEW YORK (JTA)—If there’s one thing that can be said of longtime Anti-Defamation League leader Abraham Foxman, who is stepping down this month after nearly 30 years at the helm, it’s that he never holds back from speaking his mind. In an age of canned, anodyne statements from public figures reticent to say what they [...]

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Will Iran be able to build nuclear weapons? Your voice matters!

June 23, 2015

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The answer could be determined by the June 30 deadline for a final agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany (known as the P5+1 which includes the U.S., UK, China, Russia, France and Germany). The outcome has profound consequences for America and the Middle East. An interim [...]

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Bonna Devora Haberman, Women of the Wall founder

June 19, 2015

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Bonna Devora Haberman, the founder of Women of the Wall, a group pressing for egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall, has died. Haberman, a Canadian-born scholar, author and activist who lived in Israel and the United States, died Tuesday, June 16 of cancer, The Jerusalem Post reported. Haberman taught at Harvard, Brandeis and the Hebrew [...]

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Ron Moody, Jewish actor best known for playing Fagin

June 19, 2015

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Ron Moody, a British Jewish actor best known for playing a character historically considered an anti-Semitic stereotype, has died at 91. Moody, who played the Jewish criminal Fagin in the stage and film versions of Oliver, an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, died on Thursday, June 11. His film portrayal of Fagin garnered an [...]

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